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NY Fox Reporter Charles Leaf Accused of Sex Assault Against Child

According to the Cliffview Pilot, 41-year-old investigative reporter Charles Leaf has been accused of “digitally penetrating a minor and masturbating in front of the youngster several times in recent weeks.” The Pilot reports that the victim is only 4 years old.

Leaf has been a fast-rising reporter in the Fox News organization, going from the hinterlands in places like Mobile, AL to WNYW in the New York market in just over a decade. He’s been featured on the O’Reilly Factor, The Fox Report, Fox & Friends, Greta Van Susteren’s show and Geraldo at Large, just to name a few. While with the New York affiliate Leaf has specialized in hot-button issue cases like the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” and the Bernard Madoff investigation.

Accusations of being pushy and overly-aggressive have dogged Leaf, a former Marine, throughout his career. The following comes from an article about Leaf published in a Denver paper over 5 years ago:

Leaf, who’s in his mid-thirties, sees himself as a crusader. Yet several previous on-the-job incidents raise questions about his aggressive style. During a stint at a station in Mobile, Alabama, he was the focus of a 1999 lawsuit that impugned him for a “willful physical attack” against a local councilwoman; the case was eventually settled. Two years later, while working in Detroit, a man told police that Leaf spewed homophobic obscenities and tried to attack him after the reporter was pelted with eggs while covering a story. And Bobbi Barrow, spokeswoman for Denver Health Medical Center, believes Leaf misrepresented himself to get an interview with her boss, Dr. Patricia Gabow, at an event last November. “What he did was unprofessional,” Barrow says.

For his part, Charles Leaf has always claimed that these incidents were overblown, even though he left the Mobile station not long after the alleged assault there and that station settled with the councilwoman in question. When interviewed by Denver Westword for the article quoted above, he said, “If what took place in Mobile hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t be talking to me about someone in Detroit throwing eggs at me.”

The Detroit incident was, on one level, more understandable than Leaf’s alleged assault on the councilwoman in Mobile–Leaf had, after all, just had an egg smashed on his head. However, he may have let his mouth run away with him:

[Accuser Sebastian] Graham according to the police report, alleged that Leaf called him a “cocksucker” and a “faggot.” He also alleged that he was hit in the face by the news crew during an ensuing scuffle. Graham said he kicked one of the alleged attackers, and that was enough to get them to back off, allowing him to shut the door and call police.

Overblown or not, none of these events actually predicted the kind of accusation now leveled against the crusading reporter.

Charles Leaf is being held in the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ on $250,000 bail.

anarchy for beginners: blog by a suicidal pedophile… with a twist *UPDATED*

Is anarchy for beginners another stunt, like 90 Day Jane, or is Jocelyn for real?

On the “about” page, anarchy blogger Jocelyn writes:

I’m 24, work in book publishing, and live with one cat in an overpriced studio, in a nice neighborhood in Brooklyn full of hipster delights. My name isn’t really Jocelyn, but it’ll have to do. I have to conceal my identity, because – though you’d never guess from looking at me – I’m a pedophile.

The point of this blog is that I’ve planned to commit suicide soon. October 16th, 2008. I’m going to chronicle my last 150 days here…

She goes on to list her reasons for what she’s doing. One reason? Jocelyn thinks “it would be a meaningful gesture to exploit the crassness of the 90-day-jane project, which itself exploited the seriousness of suicide.”

Jocelyn says she’s never molested a child. In an entry posted May 15 she explained the nature of her pedophilia: “… by age 14 and even younger, what turned my head, what spurred extended daydreams, what made me swoon – was nothing normal. Only young girls. Age seven, at the low end, and maybe 12 at the top. That’s who populated my erotic dreams.”

Jocelyn went on to write, “For ten years I’ve known for sure that I’m evil, and I hate it. And, anyway, now you know why I want to kill myself.”

Jocelyn’s voice as a writer is self-assured. She’s comfortable with words, expresses herself well. Publishing seems to be a perfectly plausible business for her to be in, considering how cleanly she writes.

But there’s an arc to her blog posts already — a completely intentional, writerly approach to unfolding a narrative that makes me suspicious.

Frankly, I have to wonder if someone has once again taken to the Web to flesh out their idea for a novel.

There are female pedophiles, and there are female molesters. If they happen to be teachers, we end up hearing about them, especially if they like young boys. The concept of a female pedophile is not nearly as exotic as it once was.

There are also bloggers who like to work on ideas for fiction in blog form first, before braving the printed page. After all, if you develop an audience for a fictionalized blog, then you may just have an audience for a book. It’s market testing.

I’ve posted about this odd and disturbing blog here because it touches on a typical true crime subject — pedophilia. But I’m not remotely convinced that anarchy for beginners is real. I feel it is yet another project designed to exploit the Internet Hate Machine, perhaps an “artistic” attempt to make others examine their behavior towards that which they don’t understand, may even revile. I’m convinced that this sort of thing never really works on the Internet.

What do you think?

(BTW — the blog is safe for work.)

UPDATE

Yeah, there’s definitely some b.s. going on here. This scanned image of Miley Cyrus from a Disney magazine is hosted by AnarchyForBeginners.com. However, it is embedded in this page, at DoubleHack.com. And check out this cached page from AnarchyForBeginners.com, recorded by Google on May 10.

I’m now certain that this is just another 90 Day Jane type hoax. (I was already 99% sure, now I’m 100%.)

A lot of people who own more than one domain will embed images loaded on one server into blog posts under a different domain. I’ve embedded images hosted at StevenHuff.net or TrueCrimeMagazine.com in posts here. Not unusual at all.

Somehow, anarchy is actually a little more creepy now.